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MT. VERNON, 0., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1910 No. 14
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To Public
President Believes Failure
Reports An Oversight
Intention Was To Give Publicity To Returns, But
Until Money Is Voted They Must Be Treated As
Ordinary Revenue Documents
Washington, Fob. 17. By what
President Taft considers an oversight
en tho part of congress, tho teeth
bare been drawn from his corporation
lax law, at least until remedial ac
tion has boon taken. The president
and his advisers havo discovered that
congress has appropriated no money
with which to Index and display tho
returns from tho corporations. Con
Cress, It is true, did appropriate ?100,
000 "for the expenses of collecting
the corporation tax," but tho presi
dent has discovered a law passed by
congress back In 1882 which ho con
strues as prohibiting tho use of any
Of the monoy for promoting tho pub
licity clause of tho corporation tax.
The president intends, until this con
dition of affairs can be recttned, to
treat tho returns from corporations
merely as internal revenue returns,
end thus 1;he business secrets extract
ed from concerns all ovor tho coun
try will bo ncdesiblo only to' tho tax
payer or his attorney or to such per
sons as are authorized by tho presi
dent. Tho president puts the entire sub
ject squarely up to congress. Tho act
ing secretary of tho troasury has writ
ten a letter to Speaker Cannon, urg
ing tho necessity of tho passage of a
bill providing a ?DO,000 appropriation
for carrying out tho publicity feature
of the law. Tho president holds that
tho intontlnn of congress when It
I Ml I
Washington, Feb. 17. Three fisher
men from tho Sa,glnaw bay region of
Michigan walked Into the room of tho
senato committee on foreign relations
armed with nets, halt and a few live
lako herring in palls of water, Thoy
appeared beforo tho commlttLO In op
position to tho ratification of tho
Great Lakes fishery agreement be
tween Canada and tho United States
recently negotiated by David Starr
Jordan, president of Leland Stanford
university, and Commissioner a. W.
Prlnco of the Dominion. After tho
fisher folk had given a Ilttlo exhibi
tion to Illustrate their point, tho com
mittee by a unanimous voto decided
not to report favorably on tho agree
ment. '
Tho fishermen demonstrated that
m oAUUwn 1 ioulhuilii
Indianapolis, ' "Fob. 17. Fatally
wounded by two bullots from tho pis
tol of Adolph Qassau, second violinist
at tho Empire theater, Louis Ostcn
dorf, manager pf tho orchestra and
famous os a nluslcian, overpowered
his assailant and, wresting tho revol
vcr from his hahd, fired threobullets
through Caasaufs heart, killing blm
instantly; at thd rear entrance of tho
theater. Ostendorf died at tho Dea
To Vote Funds For Indexing
On Part Of Congress-Original
passed tho "corporation tax was to
make the returns accessible to the
public. Ho lcg&rds the failure of con
gress to provide' specifically for this
as an oversight. .
Columbus, O., Feb. 17. Frank II.
Williams, grocer, was knocked Insen
sible by two negro hold-up men, who
robbed him and left him for dead. His J
recovery is uouuitui.
Bees of Brazil.
Tho bees of Brazil hang their honey
combs at the end or the slenderest
twig, at the very summit of u tree, to
bo beyond the reach of monkeys.
Japanese as Sailors.
The excellence df the Japanese as
sailors is accounted for by the fact
that most of Japan's coasting vessels
are small, but there are u great many
of them. Almost any man taken frocj
a llsblug village hits hud enough ex
perience to enable him to becomo an
efficient sailor iu u short time.
fulPgrown "lake "heffing couia casw
slip through tho meshes of tho nets
authorized bv tho treatv.
Norway's Sardines.
Norway has forty sardine factories.
During a good season flO.OfitMlOO tin
of twenty to twenty-four fish each are
packed, equivalent to G0O.000 cases of
a hundred tins each.
The Immortal Shakespeare li said to
have worn earrings, and Charles 1, is
reputed to have been the owner of a
magnificent pair of pearl earrings,
which he bequeathed to his daughter
tho day beforo ho was executed.
coness hospital nh" hour "lntor. Tho
causo of tho shooting Is said to have
been personal, Ostondorf having dls
charced tho violinist a fow days oeo.
Tattoo marks on his arm caused the
death of Arthur blain at Danville. III.
Ed Geors, famous turfman, broke
his leg' at Memphis, Tonn., when he
was thrown from a aorsa.
EE BETS LIU thf graft iNninnv
The eyes of the country have been ci'iiteri'd recently on the' Union stock
yards In Chicago owing to the federal probe of the meat business. The stock
yards are one of the great show places of Chicago. They ure situated about
Qve miles south of the city's center ami occupy a space of nbout u square
mile. Here are brought the millions of cattle, sheep and hogs I lint are con
sumed In the city Itself and are prepared for shipment elsewhere, principally
as dressed meat and byproducts The stockyards are controlled by the Armour,
Swift, Cudahy and other big packing Interests.
Pittsburg. Fob. 17. Employes of
tho Pennsylvania railroad at Pitts
burg havo been ordered to rcfralti
from the use of tobacco whllo on duty
at least and also have been quested
to break themselves completely of the
uablt If tney can possibly do so. Ap
plicants for positions with the roid
are now being questioned vary closely
regarding tobacco, and within the
past few days scores who admitted
themselves confirmed tobacco users
were refused positions. As yet tho
order has been applied only to office
forces and to those handling passen
Albany, N. Y. Eob. 17. Governor
llughc3 Is to Investigate tho state's
purchases of Adirondack forest land3
slnco this policy was Inaugurated a
dozen years ago. In preparing for the'
trial of Senator Allds on th'o Congor
bribery charges, counsel for Senator
Congor Investigated different things
In which Senator Allds was Interest
ed, Including forest land purchases by
tho state. Senator Allds has been
employed by tho stato In passing upon
the titles to this land. During tho
Allds trial counsel for Senator Congor
havo Intimated that thoy were sorry
they could not Introduce in the evi
dence facts discovered in connection
with these land purchases, intimating
further that prominent Republican
politicians would bo Involved. These
Washington, Teh. 17. Vho duty on
hens' eggs is 5 cents a dozen and
birds' eggs como into American ports
duty free. A letter passed through
tho hands of It. O. Bailey, secretary
to Secretary of tho Treasury Mac
Vcagh, asking the question, "Is a hon
a bird?" Bailey Is thinking about It.
Ho Beat It.
"Where did you steal that mat
fro in V" demanded the pdltcetnau as he
lelzed the tramp.
"I didn't steal It." said tho tramp.
"A lady up the street gave it roe nud
;old uo to beat it." Judce'a Library.
ger it alna. ft Is clalmeTl thai foSacco
chewing Is hurtful to good perform
ance of dutv on tlio passenger trains
and that too much smoking hurts
those who work-in tho offices.
John F. Stott, an important witness
In the Pennsylvania gratt cases, was
found dead In his home at Harrlsburg.
On March 15 John D. Rockefeller
will receive $4,050,000 as quarterly
dividends on his Standard Cll stock.
Americans are promised a peep at
Lady Constance Richardson's aristo
cratic toes when she comes to this
country ou a dancing tour.
suggestions or unearthed scandals
finally reached Governor Hughes'
oyos and ho named a committee to
That Belgium K perhaps the most
prosperous siatt In Kunipe as well 11
the most thickly Hrttled Is belnj? noted
nt this time with some Interest. The
kite king's reign was at least marked
by tin enormous advance In wenllh and
social reforpi. One of the country's
special ndvtiiilnpes Is that Its liiierna
tlunal neutralization permits It to dis
pense with n navy, while the Belgian
army Is maintained on a very small
and Inexpensive basis. Argonaut.
Coshocton, O., Feb. 17. In out
lining its case tho defense In tho Wil
liam Jacob Davis first degreo murder
case declared that the young man was
possessed of a dementia when ho slow
his father, and that thoro wa3 an en
tiro lack of malice prompting tho
crime. His ailment Is ascribed to In
Jury which ho received in a coal mine
several years ago, when rock fell and
hit him in tho head. Tho defenso also
insists that tho mental weaknoss of
the young man was duo to heredity,
thero .laving been a weak-minded por
son in each of tho last throe genera
tions in his mother's lino.
.' L'Jjttii.' aui-u.a rtfefe-i
Columbus, O., FcU 17. Fire, which
Is thought to havo originated In the
chocolate melting room, destroyed the
manufacturing plant, warehouso and
salesrooms of tho SIms-Jeffrlcs com
pany, candy manufacturers. The loss
to the building and contents as esti
mated was $50,000. Insurance on the
stock was $30,000; on tho building.
Cincinnati, t., Feb. 17. "Melville E
Ingalls, former rresident of '.ho Bis
Four railroad nd also ex-president of
tho Merchants' National bank. Is re
cuperating fiom a stroke of paralysis,
which affected his left side. Ingalls
had not been In good health and the
gigantic shortage of C. L Warrlner.
defaulting treasurer of tho Big Four,
worried him to a great degree.
Pittsburg, Tfc-j. Tr.-sTrlct Attor
ney Blakeley failed to secure a con
viction In the f.rst trial of the latest
series of graft cases hero, when a
Jury returned a verdict of not guilty
In favor of Max Q. Leslie, charged
with perjury In testifying before a re
cent grand jury.
Columbus. T). "Feb. '17. Superinten
dent Wayne B. Wheeler of tho Anti
Saloon league is making a fierce fight
on tho Gebhardt bill, which would
keep all the rovenuo from saloons
within the counties where they pay
the tax. Tho claim for the bill Is.that
now counties which have voted dry
are benefiting by that part of the
Alkln tax which goes from the wet
counties to the stato funds. Wheeler
secured delay beforelHho committee
that he may submit statistics to show
that the wot counties furnish the
greater portion of unfortunates to the
stato Institutions and should contrib
ute most heavily.
Fremont, D., Ftb. 17. Milton Kray,
13. who says his homo is in Cleve
land, was arrested In Elyrla and
brought to Fremont on a charge 01
burglarizing tho gun store of Stino &
Parks here two weeks ago.
"nodical," says an English paper,
was originally u term of reproach, bat
was soon enthusiastically adopted by
n section of tho Liberal party. They
even went the length of wearing habit
ually a white hut. nicknamed a "rad
ical." Woru in the house of commons
the white hat la now considered a sign
of Toryism.
A Fearful Earthquake.
Ono of the most destructive earth
quakes In the world's history was thiit
which occurred lu Tokyo In the year
1703, when ,100,000 people wcro killed.
Iceland exports sulphur, Iceland
moss, wool, dried ilsh. seal skins nud
oil. whale oil and baleen, eiderdown,
blrdsklns nn'd mules. It mauufaetuic9
ure entirely domestic.
Is Referred To Committee On Muni
Sandles Tells Food
Large Measure To Failure (tf Ohio Farmers To Mix
Brains With Crop Raising What OrcliardOivners
Lose Annually Through Lax Methods-Harmon's
Tax Measures Reach House
Columbus, O., Feb. 17. By a vote
of 18 to 14 the senate referred Sen
ator Dean's bill permitting cities that
vote wet at elections In which the
county goes dry to remain wet, to the
commltteo on municipal affairs, which
is construed as a victory for the sa
loon forces, as the drya wanted the
amendment referred to the regular
temperance committee.
The vote by which the amendment
was referred follows: Ayes Alsdorf,
Cetone, Cory, Dean, Gillette, Gotshall,
Huffman, McKee, Shaffer, Thompson,
Yount, Bader, Baker, Johnson, Keller,
Kuhl, Matthews and Mendelson; to
tal, 18. Nay Beatty, Cameron, Clev
enger, Crawford, Deaton, Duval, Law
yer, Mather, Patterson, Phare, Rath
burn, Tod, Tuttle and Williams; to
tal, 14.
Six of the nine members cf the mu
nicipal affairs committee are classed
as wet. A favorable report on the
bill if- certain. However, Wayne B.
Wheeler, superintendent of th Ohio"
Anti-Saloon league, predicts that the
bill will be easily defeated on the
floor of the senate.
Sandles Explains High Prices.
Failuro of Ohio farmers to properly
use their brains Is largely responsible
for the high cost of living in this
state, according to the testimony of A.
P. Sandles, Secretary of the stato
board of agriculture. In his testimony
before the Joint food probe commit
tee. Mr. Sandles said that If Ohio
farmers would mix brains with their
other qualities in farming, food would
be cheaper In Ohio and the state
would be exporting rather than Im
porting cereals, live stock and fruit.
Ohio Is producing less than It did 20
years ago, and tho production is de
creasing as rapidly as the population
Is int-Teaslng.
Five dollars a year Invested in ap
ple orchards will bring a return of
$100 an acre, according to M. E. Shaw,
head of tho nursery department of
the department of agriculture. Ohio
today is getting only 15 per cent of
what It should get from its 230,000
acres of apple orchards.
With proper care an acre of apple
orchard will produce more than f 500
a year, Shaw said. He told the com
mittee that Ohio farmers Ghoul.1 make
$75,000,000 a year on their orchards
and (should export to all parts of the
world. Instead, ho said, Ohio Is com
pelled to Import its apples and most
of Its other fruit. The average or
chard has a life of 50 years,
Railroad rerorts submitted by San
dles showed that 10 year3 ago the hill
counties In southern Ohio shipped
thousands of carloads of fruit annual
ly. Now the business Is practically
The food probers further learned
from Sardles that two former officials
of the depaitmcnt held stock In fer
tilizing companies. Tho men named
were former Inspoctor of the board,
W. W. Miller, and Former Inspector
Edwnrd Lowor, Both havo been dead
more ihan two years. Under a rigid
examination by Chairman Williams,
Sandles said ho had no knowledge
that any present officials of tho de
partment held stock In companies
manufacturing fertilizer or cattle
foods. "But I havn heard any num
ber of rumor3 to that effect," added
Farmers Lose Thousands.
The hearing brought out that farm
ers In Ohio lose hundreds of thou
sands of dollars annually by being
cheated In tho quality of fertilizer.
John "H. Alburn, assistant attorney
general, is preparing amendments to
tho law that will p-ovldo a penalty
1 for all deficiency in fertilizer and cat
Probers High Pricee Due In
tle foods. "Fooilstuffs 'fea to cattle. It
was revealed, are doctored with wood
pulp, corn cobs, sweepings from flour
mills, etc Such foods are Injurious
to cattle and lower the quality or tho
Governor Harmon's state tax com
mission bill was Introduced by Repre
sentative Eicon, Democrat, of Tusca
rawas county. Tho governor's pro
posed law to limit taxation to 15 mills
of the tax valuation was Introduced
by Representative Smith, Democrat,
ef Marlon county.
These bills were Introduced In the
house because tto Republican taxa
tion commission bill by Langdon of
Lebanon Is already pending before
the taxation committee of the house.
The measures will be referred to tho
taxation commltteo on second reading
Braun'a Three Bills.
Representative Braun of Franklin
county Introduced two bills in th
house Ono bill enables the city to
pay the county auditor his fee3 duo
under the the law for collection of
taxes. Under the present law the au
ditor collects the tar.es, deducts liU '
fees and pa7 what remains to tho
city. The bill also requires an Item
ized statement from the county au-,.
dltor of his transactions with the city
In tax collections.
Braun's other bill enables sinking
fund trustees to buy notes of tho mu
nicipal corporation in which the trus
tees are established. The bill enables
sinking fund trustees to advertise
their funds for interest once In three
A thin" bill submitted to Mr. Braun.
for introduction is to enable munici
palities 10 draw In advance of tax
settlements. Under the law a3 It
stands tho city "may" do so.
fJore Evidence Against Slater.
Columbus, O., Feb. 17. It Is believ
ed that Representative Riddle of the
graft probe committee unearthed fur
ther evidence of frauds practiced by
Former State Printer Mark Slater in
a hurried visit to Cincinnati, where
he Investigated large purchases of pa
per by Slater through the Dayton rep
resentative of a large Cincinnati pa
per houso. County Detective McGan
non Is hard at work trying to get a
line on Slater's present wheroabouts,
so that In case the grand Jury, which
Is considering the Brclsford evidence,
returns an Indictment, he can bo ar
rested and returned to Ohio to faco
the music
Mark Slater Disappears.
Columbus, O., Feb. 17. Mark Sla
ter, former state supervisor of publlo
printing, has not been in tho employ
of tho Fairmont Coal company of De
troit since Feb. 1. This fact was
learned In connection with the search
for Slater which has been undertaken
since the filing of an affidavit In po
lice court against him, charging tho
falsification of bills. His present lo
cation has not been established.
Cincinnati, O.. "Feb. 17. William
Cotter, president of tho Cincinnati,
Hamilton & Dayton railroad, an
nounced that his company had closed
pontracts for srendlns 5S.000.000 In
Improvements in 1910,
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